Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Media Awards

Media Awards

RNAO's annual Media Awards recognize outstanding journalism that contributes to a better understanding of nursing and health-care issues. Awards are handed out in multiple categories covering daily newspapers, community newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online publications.

This year's competition opens in November. Stories published or broadcast in the 2017 calendar year will be eligible. Stories are scored by an independent panel of judges consisting of nurses and journalists.

Journalists are encouraged to submit their own work via our online submission form. RNAO members are also invited to nominate journalists, but must do so with the journalist's consent.

Award categories:

  • Community newspaper, best news coverage
  • Community newspaper, best in-depth feature or series
  • Daily newspaper, best news coverage
  • Daily newspaper, best in-depth feature or series
  • Radio, best news coverage
  • Radio, best in-depth feature or series
  • Television, best news coverage
  • Television, best in-depth feature or series
  • Magazine, best story
  • Online, best story

Eligibility:

  • Entries must have been published or broadcast in Ontario.
  • All entries must be submitted before the deadline via the online submission form
  • Limit of one entry per person. Entrants may not submit a single entry to multiple categories.
  • Winners of the previous year's awards are not eligible.
  • Trade publications, textbooks, or video/audio productions intended for health-care practitioners or audiences are not eligible.
  • Entries must be journalistic in nature, based on research and interviews. Opinion pieces and academic articles are not eligible.
  • Materials prepared by RNAO staff or staff of health-related associations are ineligible.
  • Entries in the Online, best story category must be published on a website that covers news and/or current events.

Additional rules:

  • There is no entry fee.
  • Information in your application could be used by RNAO when publicizing the awards competition.
  • If nominating a story on behalf of a journalist, you must inform the nominee prior to submission.
  • A benchmark cumulative score will be determined before judging commences, and winning entries must surpass this predetermined score to be eligible. If no article in a particular category surpasses this benchmark, no award shall be given out.

Winners are announced in spring, and awards will be handed out at RNAO's annual general meeting on April 20, 2018
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For more information contact Daniel Punch at 1-800-268-7199, ext. 250.